Equity Summit on Gifted Education

There is a fundamental disconnect between the policies designed to serve all gifted students in our state, and those historically disenfranchised within the system by race, ethnicity, culture or language. Guest speakers from the University of Washington College of Education and across the country are invited to engage in discussions facilitated by our faculty related to access and equity to highly capable programs and services in the state of Washington.

Goals for Equity Summit on Gifted Education

  1. Gain a better understanding of equity as it relates to gifted education.
  2. Bring communities together to share equity initiatives, and gain awareness of what is currently happening, both in this state and around the country to address equity in educational systems.
  3. Develop ongoing partnerships and collaborations to challenge inequitable policies, procedures, and practices through education, leadership and advocacy for change.

The Robinson Center’s goal is to bring communities of people together from across the country, as well as across the state to discuss these important challenges facing our system in public education.

 

Schedule

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH

TIME

SESSIONS

9:30 – 10:00 AM

CHECK-IN AND LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

10:00 – 11:00 AM

FRAMING EQUITY

Moderator: Nancy B. Hertzog, Director, Robinson Center for Young Scholars, UW College of Education

Ed Taylor, UW Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Mia Tuan, Dean and Professor, UW College of Education

Gary Cohn, Superintendent, Everett School District

11:00 – 11:15 AM

BREAK

11:15 – 12:30 PM

PROVIDING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY EARLY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Moderator: Kristie Kauerz, Research Assistant Professor of P-3 Institute Policy and Leadership (P-3 Center), UW College of Education

Angelica Alvarez, School Board Member, Highline Public Schools

Dan Finkel, Founder and Director of Operations of Math for Love

12:30 – 1:30 PM

WORKING LUNCHES

Stephen Martin: Lunch with District Hi-Cap Coordinators; 

Tom Halverson: Lunch with Policy Studies Alumni

1:30 – 2:30 PM

BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

Moderator: Manka Varghese, Associate Professor and Director ELL Certificate Program, UW College of Education

E. Jean Gubbins, Professor and Associate Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE), University of Connecticut

Teddi Beam-Conroy, Director of Elementary Teacher Education Program, UW College of Education  

Jamila ApplebyELL Teacher, Champaign Schools

2:30 – 2:45 PM

BREAK

2:45 – 3:45 PM

STUDENT VOICES AND EXPERIENCES

Moderator: Curtis Hisayasu, Associate Director of Programs, Robinson Center for Young Scholars

Ismael Fajardo, Research Associate, UW College of Education

Michelle Montgomery, Assistant Professor, UW Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies

Sumiko Huff, Academic Director, Rainier Scholars

Cameron Blood, Garfield High School

Jailyn Fonseca, Ingraham High School

Cindy Le & Nancy Khuc, Mt Rainier High School

Varsha Govindaraju, UW Law School, Robinson Center Alum

4:00 – 5:00 PM

RECEPTION – Chocolate Fountain!

Participant Engagement with Students

5:00 – 6:00 PM

STATE INITIATIVES – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Moderator: Jann Leppien, Associate Professor, Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Whitworth University

Gayle Pauley, Assistant Superintendent, OSPI

Jody Hess, Program Supervisor of Highly Capable Program (HCP) and Project Director for HiCap PLUS Javits Grant, OSPI

Andrea Cobb, Executive Director of the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning, OSPI

Jenny Choi, Bilingual Education Program Supervisor, OSPI

Alyssa Westall, Bilingual Education Program Supervisor, OSPI

Karen Westberg, Professor in Special Education and Gifted Education, University of St. Thomas

6:00 – 7:00 PM

                ACCESS FROM EAST TO WEST:                   CONTEXT MATTERS

Moderator: Luke Kasim, Director of Recruitment, Center for Talented Youth

Amy Shelton, Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of Research, Johns Hopkins School of Education and Center for Talented Youth

Ashley Flynn, Project Manager, Center for Talented Youth Research

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

TIME

SESSIONS

9:00 – 10:30 AM

RACIAL EQUITY LENS

Moderator: Matt Okun, Instructional Specialist, Seattle Public Schools

Maria Breuder, Principal, McGilvra Elementary School, Seattle Public Schools

Kristina Henry Collins, Professor and Researcher on STEM Identity and Talent Development,Texas State University

10:30 – 10:45 AM

BREAK

10:45 – 12:00 PM

EQUITY LEADERSHIP AND POLICY INITIATIVES: NEXT STEPS

Moderator: Tom Halverson, Director of Masters in Educational Policy UW College of Education

Renè Islas, Exectutive Director, National Association for Gifted Children

Mary Fertakis, Board of Directors, Tukwila School District

Kurt Lauer, Principal, Federal Way Academy

ACTION PLANS – Working Together – Closing

Bios & Abstracts

To preview our speakers’ biographies and session abstracts, please click here.

Presentations

Framing Equity

           Advocating Equity and the Pedagogy of Gifted Education (with notes)

Providing Equitable Access to Quality Early Learning Environments 

Working Lunches

Breaking the Language Barrier

 

State Initiatives – Professional Development

 

List of References

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Thank you to all those who attended Summer 2018 sessions!  Stay tuned for information about what we will offer in Summer 2019. Check with your school/district to see whether they will cover your registration costs to attend!
Interested in having Dr. Hertzog or another of our distinguished faculty and staff lead a workshop for your district? Get in touch with us at rcys@uw.edu.